This Clothing Line Is Designed to Stretch With Kids as They Grow

Ryan Mario Yasin
Ryan Mario Yasin

A toddler’s favorite outfit won’t stay his favorite for long. After a few wears and an ill-timed growth spurt, those cute garments need to be swapped for clothing that’s slightly bigger and just as expensive. As Dezeen reports, Royal College of Art graduate Ryan Mario Yasin has designed a practical alternative.

Items in Yasin’s Petit Pli clothing line are built to grow at the same rate as their young wearers. In their initial form, the pleated shirts and pants are small enough to fit a 4-month-old child. As kids get bigger the material can be unfolded, ultimately expanding to the size of a wearer who’s 2-and-a-half years old.

Child wearing stretchable clothing.
Ryan Mario Yasin

Yasin was inspired to develop the concept after ordering clothes for his nephew that were too small by the time they arrived. When searching for a solution to this problem, he tapped into his background in aeronautical engineering. Petit Pli uses a similar design to the collapsible structures made for the outsides of small satellites. The material also has a space-age feel: It’s windproof, waterproof, and breathable, which means it should survive a few years of toddler wear-and-tear.

Petit Pli is currently in the fundraising stage. After he’s attracted the attention of investors, Yasin plans to start manufacturing the product in the UK. You can elect to receive updates through the clothing line's website.

[h/t Dezeen]

How Seiichi Miyake and Tactile Paving Changed the World for Visually Impaired People

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iStock.com/RonBailey

More than 140 years after Louis Braille invented the Braille reading system, Seiichi Miyake came up with a different system based on touch that allows visually impaired people to navigate public spaces. Today, tactile paving is used by major cities and transportation services around the world. Miyake was so influential that he's the subject of the Google Doodle for March 18, the 52nd anniversary of tactile paving's debut.

The Japanese inventor designed the influential system with a specific person in mind. His friend was losing his vision, so in 1965, Miyake used his own money to build special mats with raised shapes that lead blind and visually impaired people away from danger and toward safety. Pavement with round bumps was meant to signal nearby danger, such as a street crossing or the edge of a train platform, while a stretch of pavement with straight bars was meant to guide them to safe areas. The tactile design allowed pedestrians to detect the features with canes, guide dogs, or their feet.

Originally called Tenji blocks, the tactile pavement was first installed outside the Okayama School for the Blind in Okayama, Japan in 1967. They quickly spread to larger cities, like Tokyo and Osaka, and within a decade, Miyake's system was mandatory in all Japanese rail stations.

Seiichi Miyake died in 1982 at age 56, but the popularity of his invention has only grown since his death. In the 1990s, the U.S., the UK, and Canada embraced tactile pavement in their cities. Miyake's initial design has been built upon throughout the years; there are now pill-shaped bumps to indicate changes in direction and raised lines running perpendicular to foot traffic to signal upcoming steps. And even though they're often thought of as tools for blind people, the bright colors used in tactile pavement also make them more visible to pedestrians with visual impairments.

Show Houseguests Who's in Charge With This Game of Thrones Doormat

ThinkGeek
ThinkGeek

If you’re prone to houseguests who shed crumbs on your sofa and use all the toilet paper without replacing it, it might be time to demand a little respect. This Game of Thrones doormat from the merchants at ThinkGeek offers some guidance. Emblazoned on the mat is an order to “bend the knee” before entering your home.

A doormat from the HBO series 'Game of Thrones' is pictured
ThinkGeek

The 17-inch long by 29-inch wide mat arrives in time for the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series, which is set to debut April 14. Chronicling the lives of disparate characters vying for control of the Iron Throne, the show has often depicted Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons and played by Emilia Clarke, ordering subjects to “bend the knee” before addressing her. In season seven, King in the North Jon Snow famously refused to do so before eventually capitulating. Had she laid out the doormat, it’s possible he wouldn’t have taken as long.

The mat retails for $24.99 and can be purchased online here.

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